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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        23   26   17   20    86   
      MIAMI            27   25   21   19    92      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - DREW GOODEN 24, LEBRON JAMES 21, JEFF 
                      MCINNIS 14
                MIA - DWYANE WADE 28, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 17, 
                      UDONIS HASLEM 15

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - DREW GOODEN 11, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 10, 
                      LEBRON JAMES 6
                MIA - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 9, UDONIS HASLEM 8, 
                      DWYANE WADE 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 8, JEFF MCINNIS 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MIA - DWYANE WADE 5, EDDIE JONES 3, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   20,235

Box Score

CLEVELAND (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 43 9-22 1-1 3-6 8 0 21 D Gooden 39 7-16 10-12 0-11 2 2 24 Z Ilgauskas 30 3-8 2-2 3-10 0 4 8 J McInnis 38 6-15 1-2 0-1 5 5 14 L Harris 18 0-4 0-0 0-3 1 1 0 S Williams 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Pavlovic 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 I Newble 14 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 R Traylor 15 2-4 0-2 0-1 2 5 4 A Varejao 10 3-5 1-1 2-4 1 2 7 E Snow 24 2-6 2-2 1-2 0 4 6 L Jackson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-85 17-22 9-38 19 25 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (L James 2-3, D Gooden 0-3, J McInnis 1-4, L Harris 0-1, E Snow 0-2). Team Rebounds: 17. Blocked Shots:3 (Z Ilgauskas 2, D Gooden). Turnovers:6 (E Snow, L Harris, Z Ilgauskas, J McInnis, D Gooden, L James). Steals: 5 (J McInnis 2, S Williams, L James, Z Ilgauskas). MIAMI (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Butler 27 5-5 0-0 0-2 1 4 11 U Haslem 29 6-9 3-4 2-8 2 6 15 S O'Neal 32 7-17 3-9 1-9 2 2 17 D Wade 41 10-20 8-10 1-6 5 1 28 E Jones 35 2-6 0-0 1-3 3 1 4 M Doleac 19 1-6 1-2 1-5 0 2 3 D Jones 33 2-8 0-0 1-3 2 0 5 M Allen 16 2-4 0-0 1-4 0 4 4 W Person 8 1-1 2-2 0-1 0 0 5 C Laettner DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Dooling DNP - COACH'S DECISION Wang DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 17-27 8-41 15 20 92 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (R Butler 1-1, E Jones 0-3, D Jones 1-6, W Person 1-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:8 (S O'Neal 3, D Wade 3, E Jones, M Allen). Turnovers:8 (D Jones 2, D Wade 2, U Haslem 2, S O'Neal, M Allen). Steals: 5 (D Wade 3, E Jones, R Butler). ------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 23 26 17 20 - 86 MIAMI 27 25 21 19 - 92 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,235. T: 2:28. Officials: James Capers, Mike Callahan, Phil Robinson.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (86) AT MIAMI (92) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 43 9-22 1-1 3 3 6 8 0 1 1 21 D GOODEN F 39 7-16 10-12 0 11 11 2 2 0 1 24 Z ILGAUSKAS C 30 3-8 2-2 3 7 10 0 4 1 1 8 J MCINNIS G 38 6-15 1-2 0 1 1 5 5 2 1 14 L HARRIS G 18 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 0 S WILLIAMS 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 A PAVLOVIC 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 I NEWBLE 14 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 R TRAYLOR 15 2-4 0-2 0 1 1 2 5 0 0 4 A VAREJAO 10 3-5 1-1 2 2 4 1 2 0 0 7 E SNOW 24 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 6 L JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-85 17-22 9 29 38 19 25 5 6 86 (.388) (.773) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 9 (8 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R BUTLER F 27 5-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 1 0 11 U HASLEM F 29 6-9 3-4 2 6 8 2 6 0 2 15 S O'NEAL C 32 7-17 3-9 1 8 9 2 2 0 1 17 D WADE G 41 10-20 8-10 1 5 6 5 1 3 2 28 E JONES G 35 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 4 M DOLEAC 19 1-6 1-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 3 D JONES 33 2-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 0 2 5 M ALLEN 16 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 4 W PERSON 8 1-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 C LAETTNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION K DOOLING DNP - COACH'S DECISION WANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-76 17-27 8 33 41 15 20 5 8 92 (.474) (.630) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 9 (8 PTS) CLEVELAND 23 26 17 20 - 86 MIAMI 27 25 21 19 - 92 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 2, D GOODEN. MIAMI - S O'NEAL 3, D WADE 3, E JONES, M ALLEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-13 (.231), L JAMES 2-3, D GOODEN 0- 3, J MCINNIS 1-4, L HARRIS 0-1, E SNOW 0-2. MIAMI 3-11 (.273), R BUTLER 1- 1, E JONES 0-3, D JONES 1-6, W PERSON 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JAMES CAPERS, MIKE CALLAHAN, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 20,235. T - 2:28.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The presence of Shaquille O'Neal filled American Airlines Arena and helped his teammates fill the boxscore. Making his home debut before a record crowd, O'Neal scored 17 points and created all sorts of opportunities for his teammates as the Heat maintained control throughout a 92-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since acquiring O'Neal over the summer, the Heat have sold approximately 6,000 season tickets, doubling their total from last season. When 1,000 standing room tickets went on sale for the superstar center's home debut, they were gobbled up immediately. The standees pushed the crowd to 20,235, a record for a regular season game at the arena. And they saw the sort of impact the 7-1, 325-pound O'Neal always has on the game. "The atmosphere was great," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "If we get that support every game, we'll turn the Triple-A Center into a very tough place to play." "You can't stop Shaq," Cavaliers forward Drew Gooden said. "He's going to get his numbers. You try and slow the others down as much as you can. He's like Godzilla down there." Despite a hamstring twinge, O'Neal played 32 minutes and collected nine rebounds and three blocks. Commanding a double-team, he opened the floor for teammates Wade, Udonis Haslem and Rasual Butler. "I'm still a step slow. I've still got one weak leg," O'Neal said. "But I work too hard to sit out. My motto has always been if I can walk, I can play. ... I was pretty much able to do what I wanted, but I was a step slow." "He gives everybody confidence, man," Wade said. "He's still playing well, even though he's limited in a lot of things. ... Coach gave me the opportunity today with the ball in my hands a lot, and I just try and make plays." Wade scored 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting, repeatedly beating the defense on dribble drives for layups or pull-up jumpers. On one occasion, he stopped short and sent Eric Snow - one of the better defenders in the NBA - tumbling as he went for the fake. The 2004 Olympian also had six rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks. "Tonight, Flash (Wade) was the show ticket," O'Neal said. "I told him that was one of the best performances from a second-year player that I've ever seen. ... I think you're going to see a lot from that kid." Haslem scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, when the Heat pulled away. Butler made all five of his shots and scored 11 points. The Heat never trailed for the second straight game, shooting 47 percent (36-of-76). They are 2-0 after an 0-7 start last season. Gooden had 24 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James scored 21 points for the Cavaliers (0-2), who started 0-5 a year ago. The Heat never led by more than seven points in the first half, settling for a 52-49 halftime edge. They did not push the lead to double digits until six minutes remained but never appeared to be in danger of losing, either. O'Neal may have had something to do with that. "It was fun, there was a lot of energy in the building," O'Neal said. "I'll be a force when the time counts."


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